Tafara (centre) with H.E. The Ambassador of China to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping

Beatboxing left a mark on the Zimbabwean arts terrain on Saturday night as Mutare-based entertainer Tafara became the second beatboxer to win the Dream Star Zimbabwe finals.

Tafara (centre) with H.E. The Ambassador of China to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping

This comes after another beatboxer Probeatz won the talent competition in 2015.

Tafara had the entire of HICC making a deafening noise with his smooth quick beatboxing skills.


What appears to have sealed the win for the youthful entertainer was his Fomula One race simulations.

One would believe that the whole of HICC had bought front row seats at the Monaco Grand Prix as he started to beatbox the Ferrari, Mclaren and Renault sounds that the open-wheel racing cars produce.

He executed it with such magnificence that it made a distinctive mental photo of a Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton driving the 8 cylinder car at 250km/h.

Tafara left with a money prize of $3 000, a trophy in addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to China.

Second and third prizes got pegged at $1 500 and $750 respectively, show director Steve Zhao also said that the winners will get academic scholarship and employment opportunities.

In the second position was a Those Guys Vacho a band comprising MSU students while Marondera based artist Prince came in the third spot.

Fusion 5 and vocalist Shylet came in at number four and five respectively.

This year’s DreamStar brought to us by Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ) saw an increased number of entertainers and the competition was very tight.

The journey began on September 16 with concurrent auditions in Masvingo and Gweru as well as the rest of the 10 provinces being given a chance to each provide the best out of their cities and towns.

The grand finale took place at the Harare International Conference Centre and was characterised by such glamour and excellence.

All of the 14 finalists exhibited quality acts that left the judges board with such a difficult assignment to pick a champ, the judge’s panel included celebrated dancer Sandra Ndebele, Award Winning vocalist Cindy Munyavi, Star Fm breakfast host DJ Nikki among others.

The finale was graced by H.E. The Ambassador of China to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping and different representatives from the Chinese business community

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